The Human Trafficking Crisis

Millions of people worldwide are affected by the human trafficking crisis, which has only been exacerbated by the COVD-19 pandemic. In this episode, we will cover what human trafficking or modern slavery is, and what makes people vulnerable. We will also discuss the international security risks posed by human trafficking, including how it can be used by terrorist organizations and oppressive regimes. Finally, we will examine just how trafficking has evolved to make it so difficult to disrupt. Joining us today is Jamille Bigio.

Jamille Bigio is a senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In the Obama administration, Bigio served as director for human rights and gender on the White House National Security Council staff. She also advised the White House Council on Women and Girls on its international priorities and first lady Michelle Obama on adolescent girls’ education and the Let Girls Learn initiative. From 2009 to 2013, Bigio served as senior advisor to U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, Melanne Verveer, within the office of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition, she was detailed to the office of the undersecretary of defense for policy and to the U.S. Mission to the African Union.

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